\ ˈdam(d) How to pronounce damned (audio) \
damneder\ ˈdam-​dər How to pronounce damneder (audio) \; damnedest or damndest\ ˈdam-​dəst How to pronounce damndest (audio) \

Definition of damned

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : damnable this damned smog
2 : complete, utter often used as an intensivea damned shame
3 : extraordinary used in the superlativethe damnedest contraption you ever saw



Definition of damned (Entry 2 of 2)

: extremely, very a damned good job

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Examples of damned in a Sentence

Adjective only a damned fool would say such a thing Adverb it's a damned fine day
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Remember back in the spring of 2018 when three companies dumped electric scooters around San Francisco without city permission, and riders illegally zipped along sidewalks, pedestrians be damned? Heather Knight, SFChronicle.com, "SF wants startups to behave, so why did it reject the ‘nice guy’ of e-scooters?," 13 Dec. 2019 For somebody that wants a strong economy, [this administration is] doing it in the damnedest way. Andrea Thompson, Scientific American, "Are We at a Climate Change Turning Point? Obama’s EPA Chief Thinks So," 23 Sep. 2019 But, to quote the line often attributed to 19th Century British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli, there are three kinds of lies — lies, damned lies and statistics. Dan Sweeney, sun-sentinel.com, "What wins the lottery more often, quick picks or choosing your own numbers? | You asked, we answer," 23 July 2019 Damned to subject yourself to physical and public scrutiny, more vulnerability and social repercussions, or damned to allow the residual feelings to fester inside. Amandla Stenberg, Teen Vogue, "Amandla Stenberg Writes About Her Sexual Assaults," 6 Oct. 2018 Disrupt and be damned The innovator’s dilemma crops up in all businesses where there is substantial technological change. Stavros Poupakis, Quartz, "The reason Hollywood giants waited so long to challenge Netflix," 12 Nov. 2019 Pretty damned good,’’ was Jamie Collins’s assessment when reminded of just how stingy the defense has been. BostonGlobe.com, "Can't-Miss Play: Gordon goes WAY UP for spectacular sideline snag," 23 Sep. 2019 Following its long arc, the franchise has traveled from credible working-class grit to the self-consciously absurd and costs be damned, but with the saving grace of self-deprecating humor. Todd Mccarthy, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw': Film Review," 31 July 2019 Skip to main content Demi Lovato is loving her curves, haters be damned. Maeve Mcdermott, USA TODAY, "Demi Lovato overcomes 'biggest fear,' posts unedited bikini photo embracing her cellulite," 6 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb This far into Netflix's existence, the subscription model is very clearly volume and has been, second quarter downturn excluded, working pretty damned well. Tim Goodman, The Hollywood Reporter, "Tim Goodman: A Bad Week Won't Kill Netflix," 23 July 2019 Remember, Nvidia revealed its Pascal GPU at GTC 2016 in the form of the Tesla P100, and that full-fat version eventually trickled down into the Titan Xp, with the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti coming damned close. Brad Chacos, PCWorld, "Nvidia's monstrous Volta GPU appears, packed with 21 billion transistors and 5,120 cores," 10 May 2017

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First Known Use of damned


1596, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1757, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of damned was in 1596

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28 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Damned.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/damneder. Accessed 23 January 2020.

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out of the ordinary or unreasonable

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